Saturday, July 30, 2016

Summer explorations continue

Even through the brutal heatwave we've been having, I have been working hard on pieces for my Fall shows.  My experimentations with different felting techniques continues and I am very happy with the outcomes. Here are a few of the scarves and shawls that I will have in my booth at Artistic License on October 28th and 29th at Estancia Park in Costa Mesa.  

I will also have loads of my beautiful handspun yarn, which I work on in the evenings when I chill out sipping wine and watching movies.  A sampling of a skein of a polwarth wool and silk blend:

The summer journey through the heat continues and I'll get a short break to the Pacific Northwest in mid-August to visit my dear little granddaughter. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer projects

Just a short check in.  This summer has been an adventure in trying new techniques, specifically in the area of wet felting.  For a long time, I have been wanting to learn how to make felted hats and felted flowers. I bought a wooden hat block at Convergence in Vancouver (2002?) but had never used it.  I tried the template that came with the hat block and did not like the result.  Then, I watched a few YouTube videos but they were way too basic. So tenacious as I am when I want to learn something, I just decided to wing it to see if I could teach myself.  Here are a few of my "experiments". 

This last hat with the bright red flower, won a blue ribbon at Black Sheep Gathering, which made me very happy.  

Then on to some different materials and techniques.

This reminds me of the bark on some eucalyptus trees.

These fabric pieces remind me looking in ocean tide pools.

Could not capture the jewel tones and texture of these pieces, but I love them.
Exploration continues!